|Current music:||the only ones - another girl, another planet|
-5 Movies- High Fidelity, suburbia (80s version), subUrbia (90s version-- it's an entirely different film from the 80s version, I promise, a completely different plot), pretty in pink, say anything...
I'm not much of a film person; I just really like movies with a good soundtrack.
-5 TV Shows- the oc, 120 minutes (RIP), friends, will & grace, and subterranean (which is really just 120 minutes except an hour shorter and stupid camera angles)
-5 Books- JD Salinger's "Franny and Zooey", Don Delillo's "White Noise", Michael Azerrad's "Our Band Could Be Your Life", Nick Hornby's "High Fidelity", and Frederick Exley's "a fan's notes"
I read a lot, so I could name much more. John Keats is my favourite poet, by the way.
-5 Concerts you been to/would like to go to- been to: Paul Westerberg, Bright Eyes, Radiohead, Ryan Adams, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks
would like to go to: Social Distortion, Mission of Burma, Blur, The Scaries, Ted Leo (with or without the Pharmacists)
-5 Magzines- Big Takeover (it's like a fanzine, 2 issues of it come out a year, and they ALWAYS focus on bands that I love. The editor, Jack Rabid, also includes a lot of !!! in his writing. This makes reading the magazine all the more exciting), SPIN (mainly because of Chuck Klosterman's editorials; the current state of that magazine is a bit eh lately, due to switching editors, I presume), Harp Magazine (it's a relatively new publication, but so far, they're pleasant), Jane, Q
-5 Important people in your life- My mother and father, my best friend Zohra, my friend Michael (for his poetry and honesty, plus his enthusiasm for music is raw and contagious), and my friend Allan (his brilliance motivates me to improve myself)
-5 Musical Artists/Bands/Groups/What have you...- Nirvana, The Replacements, Blur, Beastie Boys, Wire
-Your personal style- minimalist: low-rise jeans, black tanktops, sneakers, lavender hoodie
-What do you consider to be "cool?"- intelligence. I love when a band namechecks an author or impressionist painter (ie: Idlewild and Mission of Burma, respectively) in their lyrics. Having discussions with friends regarding politics or the state of popular culture is a really great way to spend time. When you're having an argument on such matters, I think bringing up petty insults (ie: "you're fat") is VERY uncool.
I think being cool would entail concentrating on whether you're satisfied, not on what pleases others (especially if what seems to please others is you not succeeding or being unhappy).
-Why are you "cool"?- I have passion; I admit to making mistakes; I don't berate people when they make mistakes; I read a lot; I always listen to people even if they're just rambling about their favourite band that I also happen to hate; I love pop culture; if I don't know something, I will look it up-- I want to know about everything.
-Some personality traits of yours (be honest...)- determined, bossy, enigmatic, cynical, sweet, skeptical, shy, restless.
-Some hobbies of yours- making mix CDs, making top five lists, going to the beach, traveling, composing essays, volunteering at the music club The Vera Project, and reading.
-Gotta job?- oi, I'm applying to jobs right now. This is a very aggravating process. So no, not right now.
-What's your opinion of:
*Operation Iraqi Freedom and the whole Iraq situation? I honestly believe it's a war about power. I read an exerpt from a book once which compared this situation to an essay Henry Kissinger wrote on 19th century diplomacy in Europe (mainly, Napoleon). France's struggle to become the hegemon mirrors America's quest in acquiring even more power (since we are already the hegemon). Nationalism really surfaced for the first time in 19th century France, much like our patriotism. The essayist included a lot of great examples to back it up. Anyhow, I don't support greed or power when it escalates to this level (I will admit: we all have a little bit of greed pulsing through our veins), and I find the whole situation saddening. There are people who honestly trust that the President is doing this for "freedom" issues or for our own safety.
*The upcoming 2004 Presidental Election (or, if you aren't from the US, what are the opinions on your countries leaders and such)? I am worried the election will be rigged. I'm sure all of you have heard about the rezoning the districts in Texas, so as to swallow any votes that aren't for Bush. They're also installing voting machines that are a bit iffy when it comes to reliability. I feel like we're being set up for Bush to win, no matter if he really does or not. I'm sounding very paranoid right now, but considering what happened in 2000, how could I not be? Anyway, I am pro Howard Dean, because he seems to represent the people moreso than anyone else.
*Abortion?- I don't have a problem with abortion. I'm a bit irked when people say "it's okay-- only if the girl was raped". I wonder if these people are taking into account how traumatizing it is for a woman to report a rape; it is not fun and games (Alice Sebold's book "Lucky" describes this awful process). Besides, how would they know for sure this girl was raped? Are they going to make some kind of judgment call? I don't think it matters how they got pregnant; I think all that matters is how they want to handle it, and they should be supported no matter what they choose.
*Anti-Smoking Laws (both cigs and marijuana)?- I really hate cigarettes; the smell of them tends to give me a pounding headache. People should smoke outside, because that smell never seems to go away. I know this pisses smokers off, and I feel somewhat hypocritical saying this (for I am not exactly an advocate of having strict laws), but it really smells that awful.
On marijuana, it should be legal because I don't believe it causes much harm to people (I could be wrong, but most information I've seen that says it does seems to be a bit iffy). Plus, the war against marijuana just seems a bit too on the paranoia side than on the facts side.
*Homosexual Marriages?- I don't see any problem with this. I had an argument with a boy about this, and he posed the rhetorical question, "but what would happen next? people would want to marry their dog!" This argument is just a slippery slope: (1) animals are a different species altogether, and (2) you cannot marry someone who isn't aware of the marriage. Since humans are the same species and I'm sure a man would be aware that he's marrying a man (or woman with woman), I am completely fine with this. I like to see people happy.
*Celebs and breaking the law...do they get off too easily?- I never really cared about this, but now that you ask, I shall give it some thought. I would have to say possibly. Being rich means you can afford a better lawyer, which may be why they're getting off so easily. Also, we view celebrities on a different level than we view other people. It just seems natural that Robert Downey Jr. would be using cocaine, whereas if my neighbour was using cocaine, it'd just be different. Celebs are meant to entertain us, and I think we're just accustomed to them fucking up.
-Anything else you'd like to say to sway the panel (bribes can be sent to...;-D) If, by any chance, these sentences don't flow correctly, please note that I wrote this at 5am and then just ask me for clarification.
-The lucky number is- 11
and I don't have a picture to show, sorry.
Edited to include the correct lucky number.
Thanks to the users who told me how to edit a community entry. :)
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